2013 Arizona D2 Preseason Preview

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Division II

Section 1- Camelback, Carl Hayden, Copper Canyon, Fairfax, La Joya, Saint Mary's, Sunnyslope, Tolleson, Trevor Browne

Section 2- Buena, Cienega, Desert View, Nogales, Sahuaro, Sunnyside

Section 3- Apollo, Centennial, Deer Valley, Ironwood, Kellis, Liberty, Willow Canyon

Section 4- Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, Lake Havasu, San Luis, Yuma

Section 5- Ironwood Ridge, Marana Mt. View, Rincon, Salpointe, Tucson, Vista Grande

Section 6- Campo Verde, Marcos de Niza, Mesquite, Poston Butte, Westwood

Section 7- Arcadia, Cactus Shadows, Chaparral, Notre Dame, Paradise Valley

Toughest Section- I think it is pretty close between Section 3 and 7 but I am going to go with Section 3. From top to bottom, this is a solid section with every team being in the playoffs in recent years.

Top 10

1. Chaparral

2. Centennial

3. Salpointe

4. Marcos de Niza

5. Ironwood Ridge

6. Apollo

7. Deer Valley

8. Cienega

9. Paradise Valley

10. Liberty

On the Cusp- Fairfax, Buena, Notre Dame

Sleepers- I like the talent Deer Valley returns plus bringing back Joe Kersting as OC is huge. Buena may surprise some teams, the drop down from D1 and have one of the state's top backs in Drake and that will keep them in many games.

Biggest Questions: This division looks top heavy, which teams in the 5-12 range can put together a strong season and make a run? Liberty has been great at the D3 level, how will the move up affect them? Salpointe is loaded, is this the year they make a deep run? No one talked about Ironwood Ridge last year and they rolled to the state championship, they lost a ton to graduation, can they do it again?

Preseason All-State Team

QB- Josh Eckley – Marcos de Niza

Honorable Mention: Devon Palomino – Deer Valley, Jordan Gungl - Apollo, Andy Cota – Salpointe

RB- Dominique Drake - Buena, Dedrick Young - Centennial

Honorable Mention: Cole Sterns - Sahuaro

WR- Kaelin Deboskie - Salpointe, Tyler Whiley - Chaparral

Honorable Mention: Jordan Brown – Paradise Valley, Israel Simpson – Chaparral, Carl Westlund – Paradise Valley

TE- Trevor Wood - Chaparral

Honorable Mention: Alec Daniels - Cienega

OL- Keenan Walker - Chaparral, Breeon Auzenne - Salpointe, Layth Friekh - Centennial, Kamryn Bennett - Centennial, Jon Sekona - Apollo

Honorable Mention: Tyler Elam – Centennial

DL- Logan Palmer – Marcos de Niza, Brandt Davidson – Salpointe, Marshall Forest – Chaparral, Brian Calhoun – Deer Valley

Honorable Mention: Josh Turner - Apollo, DeQuan Samuel – Mesquite, Marlon Xavier – Deer Valley

LB- Corbin Gouby – Marana Mt. View, Phillip Caniglia – Notre Dame, Jake Casteel – Salpointe

Honorable Mention- Taylor Powell - Salpointe, Christian Poe – Cienega, Joe Nauert – Chaparral, Zack Neill – Liberty, Andrew Rodriguez – Marcos de Niza, Matt Rodriguez – Centennial

DB- Jordan Schlueter – Notre Dame, Kevin Hamlett - Salpointe, Jay Williams - Salpointe, Jordan Robinson – Mesquite

Honorable Mention: Juan Giraldo - Mesquite, Josh Davis - Mesquite, Amare Burks - Centennial

ATH- Cameron Denson – Salpointe

Honorable Mention: Derron Brown – Fairfax, Nico Bayless – Apollo

K- Tyler Wyatt – Liberty

Honorable Mention: Joe Navarro – Centennial

P- Adam Muller - Kellis

Honorable Mention:

Return- Elijah Castro – Chaparral

Honorable Mention: Oche' Myers - Centennial

Coach of the Year: Dave Huffine - Chaparral

Offensive Player of the Year: Cameron Denson - Salpointe

Defensive Player of the Year: Tyler Whiley - Chaparral

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